Monday, July 21, 2014
New Sounds airs new releases from June 2014 for the world to hear. Listen to abrasive industrial-ish music by Ben Frost, and some playfully layered music from the Australian group, Rabbitsss, along with some Mali-pop from the NYC-based outfit, Benyoro. Plus, hear hauntingly gorgeous music from SANS, a quartet made up of zither, duduk, bass clarinet, saxophone and fujara accompanying Finnish runo songs as well as some music from the flavorful and hypnotic Hungarian Serb tambura band, Sondorgo.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
There’s a world of world music for this New Sounds. Listen to an electric distorted version of West African trance music from Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara, along with a powerful song of praise that explores the links between India and the Balkans from Sheeli Bringi. There’s also music from Maracatu New York, who are a band steeped in the maracatu band music of northeast Brazil. Their sound manages to fuse Brazilian rhythms with those of traditional New Orleans Second Line music and the Mardi Gras Indians.
Monday, June 16, 2014
This New Sounds is another musical melting pot program, but tonight, we’re coming at it from a jazz and blues angle. Listen to the Swedish guitarist Torbjörn Ömalm bringing western jazz, Swedish folk and the Finnish kantele together on his record, “Tih.” The word "Tih" means "stop and listen" in meänkieli, one of the minority languages of Lapland and the Tornevalley. Next, hear the gifted vocalist/composer Kavita Shah, who on her latest, “Visions,” (co-produced by the renowned Benin-born guitarist Lionel Loueke) combines a jazz quintet with Indian tablas and the West African kora.
Monday, May 12, 2014
For this New Sounds Podcast, listen to new music from Norway, including a live set by the serene and transcendent Tord Gustavsen Quartet. Gustavsen, whether solo, with a trio, or in this quartet formation, delivers piano-based works of contemplation and stillness that simply captivate a listener. To be sure, the music is capable of transporting one to a private Nordic mind-palace.
Monday, April 28, 2014
New Sounds takes a beating with music from Mantra Percussion, a superhuman group committed to pounding out new works and expanding the percussion repertoire. Listen to “Science is Only a Sometime Friend,” a ringing chiming work for percussion and organ by Aaron Siegel. Then listen to something new from percussionist/composer David Van Tieghem who has worked with Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, and the Love of Lilfe Orchestra, to name a few. His latest venture was based on recorded improvisations on a series of objects, which he then distributed to ten musicians. They, in turn, manipulated the recordings and returned them to Van Tieghem, who then finished them into compositions. Have a look-see, below.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
On this New Sounds, listen to new music from American composer Chris Campbell. On his latest, “Things You Already Know,” homemade instruments of propane tank drums, bowed psaltery and singing bowls are combined with guitars, cellos and drums to creep, scrape and eventually burst, then string melodies soar, and jams are proverbially kicked out.
Monday, March 31, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to new music from violinist and vocalist Caleb Burhans. His latest release “Evensong” explores both the secular and sacred, along with works both instrumental and choral. Listen to his "The Things Left Unsaid," one of the instrumentals on the record. Also, hear music by Nico Muhly, which draws from both the minimalist tradition and Anglican hymns. Plus, an ambient-sounding work from Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.
Special thanks to our hardworking New Sounds Assistant, Isabel Kim, for making this podcast possible.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Listen to folk-inspired ballads, featuring male folk-singers & wandering minstrels on this New Sounds. There are surreal songs from a haunting record, “Hirta Songs,” by Alistair Roberts and poet Robin Robertson, with texts inspired by the history, landscape and people of the remote Scottish archipelago of St. Kilda (about 100 miles off the coast of Scotland.) The record is named after the largest of these islands, where the main employment was fowling the great quantities of sea birds. (Sheep-herding, crofting and fishing were ways of life as well.) The eerie songs we’ll hear are both based on Celtic melodies; "A Fall of Sleet," is based on the tune 'The Battle of Inverlochy.' while the other, "Exodus," concerns the 1930 voluntary evacuation of the islands and is based on two tunes.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Listen to music for quartets on this New Sounds - but not the usual two violins, viola, and cello. Rather, the guiding principle will be four musicians, playing everything from marimba to mandolin. Hear from the electric guitars of Dither Quartet, along with music from the Prism Sax Quartet (saxophones). Then there's music from the Brooklyn-based percussion quartet Ensemble et al, - whose members "take a garage band approach" to chamber works, minimalism, modal jazz, and instrumental rock- on marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, and drum set. (The KISS t-shirt in some of their online photos does wonders to set their tone.)
Monday, March 10, 2014
For this New Sounds program, listen to an hour of music inspired by architecture. Hear Neil Rolnick's electronic violin concerto, "Gardening at Gropius House" featuring violinist Todd Reynolds and members of Alarm Will Sound conducted by Alan Pierson. (Walter Gropius was an influential architect and founder of the Bauhaus school, whose Massachusetts residence was carefully designed both in the structure as well as the grounds, which included a Japanese garden.)
Monday, February 10, 2014
Listen to music between two worlds on this New Sounds program, namely works with elements of classical music-be it orchestra, choral, or chamber music- which also embrace elements of pop, rock and electronic music. Hear the latest from Son Lux (Ryan Lott), who builds lush orchestral sounding pop music, working with contemporary classical musicians like yMusic to create dramatic and catchy slices of music designed to make classification a challenge. Also, listen to music from Icelandic keyboard player / composer Olafur Arnalds along with something from the Baltimore-based electronic wizard, Dan Deacon. That, and more.
Special thanks to our hardworking New Sounds Assistant, Isabel Kim, for making this podcast possible.
Monday, January 27, 2014
For this New Sounds program, listen to “Mixed Music” – a term coined by musician/composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr. -which is a blend of jazz improvisation and groove-based minimalism or other forms of composed music. There’s brand-new music from the Brooklyn-based Peter Kerlin Octet, an outfit consisting of two vibraphonists, two bassists, an organist, a drummer, a percussionist, and a violist. On his record, “Salamander,” bass player/composer Kerlin offers up ambitious bass-driven compositions that weave through post-rock and minimalist territory, with improvisational jazz-like detours along the way.
Monday, January 13, 2014
For this program, listen to a whole bevy of world music, from August 2013. There's music from Madagascar, Ethiopia, Poland, and India, to name a few. Listen to Malagasy blues from Lala Njava, somkething from Mulatu Astatke's latest featuring Fatoumata Diawara, and Polish folk music singers accompanying themselves with kitchen instruments. There's also a selection from the "Red Hot & Fela" compilation as done by members of TV on the Radio, Kronos Quartet, and Stuart Bogie, the musical director of the broadway show, "Fela!" And more.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Hear an hour of global jazz on this New Sounds program, with unlikely combinations of instruments and worldwide influences colliding in unexpected and striking ways. Listen to pianist and composer Vijay Iyer's "Playlist For An Extreme Occasion," an eight-part work written for Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. It began as a musical interaction between sheng, tabla, and gaita, which evolved into an intricate suite for piano, gaita, percussion, tabla, sheng, violin, viola and cello. (Vijay Iyer is also the recipient of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called "genius" grant.)
Monday, December 02, 2013
Hear new music from Uri Sharlin & the DogCat Ensemble on this New Sounds program. It’s a mixed breed (groan) group featuring guitar, accordion, and percussion trio that infuses Israel and Brazil into New York. Its members collectively have pedigrees from traditional Irish music, the Klezmer scene and orchestral music as well. Perhaps also hear music from Tribecastan and/or the Montreal-based chamber jazzers Esmerine, who most recently collaborated with Turkish musicians. Plus, a few other like-minded hybrid ensembles and more.
Monday, November 04, 2013
For this New Sounds, hear a hypnotic work of vocal layers from the electronic duo Matmos, “Just Waves,” from their Ganzfeld EP, a concept record based on their own telepathic experiments. Throughout the progression of the work, these ebbing and flowing voices -Matmos (M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel) together with three other singers: Dan Deacon, Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), and Clodagh Simonds (Fovea Hex)- speak-sing the transcripts of the psychic session material in pitched clusters, until the sensations described in the experiment are shaped back into one single phrase about the “triangle at the top.”
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
John Schaefer sorts through the stacks of new CDs, the Soundcloud files, and other digital submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox to present some of the finest new releases for the month of June 2013. Hear music from Dawn of Midi, who make groove music that sounds as though it is electronica, but it's made acoustically. Then, listen to the Mobius Trio, who make new guitar ensemble music, along with multi-layered 6-string magic from Ben Brody.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Since the 1990’s, Zorn has written over 500 songs inspired by traditional Jewish music. This Masada collection, as it’s known, is divided into two books, both using Jewish scales as a springboard for improvisation. He performed the first 200 songs of Book One with the rotating members of the Masada ensemble for a decade. Then, in late 2004, he wrote 316 new pieces in the form, in just three months. He refers to this second part of Masada as “The Book of Angels,” with each piece given the name of a Biblical angel. Rather then gearing this project towards a particular band as the first Masada songbook did, Zorn instead decided this time around to invite many different collaborators to have at the book, folks as wide-ranging as Joe Lovano to Medeski, Martin & Wood, Basya Schechter to Cyro Baptista, and Pat Metheny to Marc Ribot.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Hear fingerstyle guitar music with a wash of drones - "Psychedelic Appalachia"- from steel string shredder Daniel Bachman, whose latest effort is the full-length “Seven Pines.” His playing has evoked the names of both John Fahey and Robbie Basho, in both the technicality and the emotional depth. However, it’s actually the late fingerstylist Jack Rose to whom he has been most often compared in that Bachman also relocated from Fredericksburg, VA to Philadelphia and the American Primitive guitar spirit runs strong in him.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Listen to some music by bass players on this New Sounds. Hear the orchestral double bass, as represented by German bass player Eberhard Weber, along with the electric bass guitar, represented by the Swedish bass guitarist Jonas Hellborg. There's also music by California bass player Michael Manring, whose signature instrument, the hyperbass, he helped to develop and is designed for limitless altered tunings. Plus, music from bassist/composer and jazzer/rocker Ben Allison (also composer of NPR’s On the Media theme) - his tune "Slap Happy" from the record "Peace Pipe," and more.
Special thanks to our New Sounds Summer Intern, Ross Harriss, for helping to make this podcast possible.